Barkley Defies Doctor’s Orders to Be at Bedside of Cancer-Stricken Sager
Charles Barkley defied doctor's orders to visit friend Craig Sager in the hospital after 3rd bone marrow transplant. pic.twitter.com/wnTtHaWHDj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 1, 2016
Despite having hip replacement surgery only a few weeks ago former basketball star and current TNT commentator Charles Barkley flew halfway across the country to comfort a fellow reporter suffering from cancer.
Craig Sager was recovering in a Houston ward from his third bone marrow transplant as he fights acute myeloid leukemia.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 1, 2016
When Sager’s wife became ill herself and was unable to keep her husband company for a few days, Barkley defied his doctor’s orders not to travel from his Phoenix home.
“Craig Sager is one of the most interesting people I’ve met,” Barkley told the Associated Press. “He has the most positive attitude. When you go to try and cheer him up [he] is so upbeat he cheers you up!”
News of Barkley's heartwarming journey quickly went viral Thursday afternoon.
Have to thank Barkley for keeping my Dad company today in Houston as he finished his final prep work & for being there every step.
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) August 31, 2016